The Monument of the Working Man
Monument of the Working Man” was supposed to be something else. It
started out with the design of a fully-automatic machine which blows
up and throws out balloons. The balloons were supposed to be
transported by a round-magazine mechanism of an old slide projector
and inflated by an air compressor. During one of Mijalkovic´s visits
to the hardware store the idea got a shift: he decided to ‘install’
one of the workmen offering illicit labor in front of the store,
rather than using the technology from inside the store.
Romanian bricklayer agreed to do it, as he had never done such a
“balloon job” and demanded 1 Euro per balloon. It was decided
that the balloons would be red and that they would lose air as soon
as they take off from the man-machine.